Raglan business Isobar is showing its support for hard-working health professionals by serving them free coffees under Level 3 guidelines.
The community-minded business has teamed up with suppliers Ozone Coffee and Dreamview Milk for this initiative, aimed at thanking and supporting health professionals working on the frontline throughout continued lockdown conditions.
Isobar-owner Matt Taggart is one of many hospitality business owners severely impacted by the sudden Covid-19 business closure, compounded by the fact he invested in and opened his new business just four months earlier.
"Everyone has their own story and struggles on how they've been affected, but we're always looking to find and create something positive, so for the two weeks of Level 3 operating conditions we'll be taking online orders for doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers and serving their coffee orders at no cost," says Matt.
"I'd love to see this become a nationwide scheme that other businesses pick up on. It's been a long, tough four weeks for many, but particularly those who have been working at the frontline of the health sector, and this is our way of saying thanks and showing our appreciation."
The Isobar coffee scheme will run from 7am to 10.30am when the breakfast and takeaway lunch menu is available from Monday to Sunday, kicking off when the doors re-open on Wednesday April 29 and continuing through until May 13. (Follow Isobar Raglan on Facebook or Instagram for information on how to order.)
The business is continuing its creative thinking, with the next project ensuring that those working under Level 3 conditions are safely kept fuelled and fed; developing Tradies Lunchboxes for builders to collect with their morning coffee.
"Builders and construction workers won't be able to leave a property once they arrive for work for the day, so we'll be putting together some fab $10/$15 lunchboxes for them also, as well as looking at ways to continue supporting our own staff by bringing a version of our day and evening menu options to locals," he said.
Matt is a world champion masters kitesurfer. He moved to New Zealand after marrying a Kiwi, and as co-founder and owner of Ozone Kites, set up a head office in Raglan as a hub for the global business, which has also been majorly impacted by Covid-19.
Isobar has a strong focus on supporting and championing local produce and products where possible, and strives to proudly promote New Zealand owned and grown brands.